Tomorrow Houston indie rockers The Tontons will release their second full-length, Make Out King and Other Stories of Love. Having spent the time since their 2011 Golden EP touring heavily, building a strong base throughout Texas, their unique combination of Adam Martinez’ alternating jangly riffs and intricate finger-picking and frontwoman Asli Omar’s smoky, jazz-inflected vocals is now seeking wider recognition. This weekend they’ll be playing in Corpus Christi and Laredo before their hometown record release show at Warehouse Live, though they have a listening party at Cactus Music tomorrow on the actual drop date. Hopefully by then drummer Justin Martinez will have recovered from rupturing his appendix at a recent show in Dallas and be able to rejoin bassist Tom Nguyen in the rhythm section.
You can stream the entirety of Make Out King and Other Stories of Love over at Spin. Alternatively, NoiseTrade has a five track sampler up for free download to promote the album, including “Golden” and “Never Never” from the EP, “Veida” from the video, and the two tracks of the limited edition “Bones” 7″, the latter three of which will be included on Make Out King. Obviously it is available for pre-order on iTunes, as well as physical copies via Bandcamp, so there are plenty ways of getting your fix of smoldering vocals over laid-back rock grooves. This album is a tight set of indie tunes, delivered with a passion and intensity capable of bursting bodily organs while simultaneously exhibiting professional restraint. Those who have come to know and love The Tontons over the six years they’ve been putting out music would expect no less.
By Dave Fox | Philadelphia Ambassador | @philosofoxthedj | Beat-Play and Music Without Labels, LLC